A nine year dream came true recently for a valiant band of Extension Master Gardeners when they witnessed the arrival of the brand new greenhouse for the students of Sam Case Elementary School in Newport.
As you’ve seen on News Lincoln County over the last few years, OSU Extension Master Gardeners meticulously educate young Sam Case Elementary students by gathering them together outside the greenhouse at the northwest corner of the school every spring. There they select seeds and ensconce them in little starter cups and place them inside the greenhouse.
Over the years, that little greenhouse seemed like it was either shrinking with old age or the seedling program was outgrowing it. The vote was to seek funding for a new, and larger, greenhouse.
And voila! That day finally came. The new greenhouse arrived at the curb on NW 12th! And before you knew it, Dub Bellinger, Master Gardener class of 2010 and a Siletz Tribal Member, was ceremoniously blessing the new “grow place” with smoking sage inside the greenhouse.
Little wonder at the ceremony, because the funds to acquire the greenhouse came largely from the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Fund as well as a grant from the Oregon Master Gardener Association Extension Educator grant fund, with additional support from the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association, Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, Oregon State Parks & Recreation and the Lincoln County School District.
The new greenhouse didn’t sit idle for long. Soon a wave of elementary school kids swooped down and began planting vegetable seeds in little starter cups and placing them inside the greenhouse. Everything from green beans to squash will be sprouting up very shortly. Then on June 6th, a number of vegetable-loving 2nd grade students will embark on a field trip to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse at Government Park, overlooking the entrance to Yaquina Bay.
Once there, they’ll transplant the little seedlings into raised garden beds full of yummy rich earth for the little plants to feed on. Harvest time is later in the summer with much of the crop going to Food Share of Lincoln County.